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Thermostats that make a clicking noise

NACHI - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 20:55
We just had an a/c unit replaced at home and the old unit was a Frigidaire unit with a White Rodgers thermostat. 1999 model

The new unit is a Lennox with a Honeywell Thermostat.

The new unit thermostat clicks twice when the unit comes on and goes off.
The HVAC installer told me that they all do that now because of the relay located in the t-stat.

They say it's more reliable.

Does anyone know if they all click these days? Is there a quieter one available?:shock:

Dryer vent size

NACHI - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 19:57
See pictures. Dryer vent goes from a standard 4" to something bigger and then back down to 4 inch to exit. Looks like a problem to me, but I'm not sure. Any help with write up language would be much appreciated....
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Thinking of switching from IT to Home Inspection

NACHI - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 19:32
So here is the back story. Nearly two decades ago I wanted to get into home inspection. I was very young, just starting out, living in an apartment, didn't have any money for training, which although wasn't required by my state (WA) at the time, I wanted to learn how to do it and it cost $2,000 that I didn't have at the time...

So rather than borrow money and screw myself over on something that wasn't a sure thing thus making my situation worse, I decided to go for a traditional four year University degree and got into IT. Fast forward to today. I am financially successful, make six figures, company paid health insurance, I have a few real estate investments, etc.

While I enjoy what I do for a living, I absolutely HATE corporate politics and during the process of buying several homes over the last few years, even in this market, realized that...every home inspector I called was booked solid. It was a real challenge to find one that had any openings!

Furthermore, each time I bought a house, I would talk to them about how much business they got, made per year, hidden costs, etc. Each one I talked to made six figures as well! None of them had a college education, just the basic state licensing requirements training. Some worked in construction before they got into HI, while others got into it from some random industry.

Seeing that they are self employed, generally deal with a client for a few hours during the inspection/report writing/questions and are out in the field rather than stuck in an office, I rekindled the idea of becoming a home inspector.

I figure why not? I have a degree and a lucrative trade to fall back on, and am financially prepared. I could even do it on the side on the weekends for now.

My question is, what do I need to know that I haven't seen/am I crazy? Are there downsides to the job I am not aware of? I know crawling around attics and crawl spaces isn't the most glamarous, but I'd rather do that than deal with corporate BS anymore. Again, I love what I do, but not the people I have to deal with at work.

I've looked into the training required in my area, and while some places seem to be getting rich offering training at 5-15K a pop, I found some places that offer the required training for 3K and are approved by the state. I figure it's a reasonable price to pay and if it doesn't work out, I didn't lose too much. I don't have any reason to not make it work though. Between education costs, truck, equipment, marketing, etc, I have the capital to put into the business.

In any case, if I missed anything, let me know.

Wow, that was fast. FL real estate agents alreadty getting their CE from InterNACHI.

NACHI - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 16:13
http://www.inspectoroutlet.com/free-...ing-cards.aspx

Soon, all real estate agents in the U.S. will get their continuing education online and for free by contacting their local InterNACHI member.

Your Step-By-Step 'Teen Wolf' Guide To Hunting Werewolves - MTV.com

Thermal Imaging - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 15:23

MTV.com

Your Step-By-Step 'Teen Wolf' Guide To Hunting Werewolves
MTV.com
Infrared (aka thermal imaging) technology makes it possible to see these hot, fanged fur balls in even the darkest conditions. Make like the "Predator" and purchase a fancy pair of goggs with that extra $10,000 you've obviously got lying around, or ...

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RI Association of Realtors: Support Home Inspector Licensing! - LoanSafe

Google Home Inspector News - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 13:13

RI Association of Realtors: Support Home Inspector Licensing!
LoanSafe
But what if the home inspector is unqualified and misses obvious signs of termite damage, flooding, an unsafe furnace or a roof on the verge of collapse? Home inspectors are not licensed in RI. This means that choosing a home inspector is like playing ...

5 Ways Border Security Would Change Under GOP Plan - ABC News

Thermal Imaging - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:43

ABC News

5 Ways Border Security Would Change Under GOP Plan
ABC News
You have new towers to spot crossers; handheld thermal imaging and night vision goggles; infrared sensors; boats; drones; Blackhawk helicopters; and more VADER radar systems, which were created to track Taliban bombers in Afghanistan. What does this ...
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"walk through" just prior to taking possession

NACHI - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:42
In this extremely competitive business, The Financial Toolbox Home Inspections… John Marston is increasing the bundle of services for home buyers. In addition to the IR scan, and the Boroscope where needed, The Financial Toolbox in including a “walk through” just prior to taking possession.
This reduces the stress a little from the fear of buying a “money pit” . In addition, I call from time to time to see if everything is as expected. John Marston home inspector also offers useful “tips” to help the new owners make repairs in a cost effective manner.

We all get kind words from time to time. What is significant about this is that I have added a free service for the purchaser. In French or English, after the inspection lasting about 2hours or so, then another 2 hours or so creating a “show and tell” type of report for the owners to use as a reference…. I add a free “walk through” a couple of days prior to possession.

Here is the result and kind words from one couple… Also, you might notice that I did ask and receive permission to publish their names.


“””Hello,

Chris and I take possession of the house on Monday, March 11th and are hoping to do a final inspection on Sunday, March 10th. We are waiting to hear back from our Agent as to when this inspection will take place. Are you available next Sunday? Chris will get back to you with the confirmed date and time. Thank you again for offering to do a final walk-though with us as well, we really appreciate it!


Below is our comments on the work that you did for us.
We have recently purchased our first home and decided that it was in our best interest to have a home inspection done. We heard great things about John Marston from the Financial Toolbox and decided that he would be the best professional to complete our home inspection.
After John completed a professional and detailed home inspection, he took the time to sit down with us to go over his findings and recommendations. Two days after the inspection was complete we received a comprehensive home inspection report from John which included pictures of all the areas he examined. The details included whether the inspected item was in a good, fair or poor condition, along with the materials and his observation. We will definitely keep his inspection report to refer to as we renovate our new home and use it to help us prioritize what needs attention right away versus what can wait. What a great tool to have!
We would recommend John Marston to anyone that is looking for a home inspector. We cannot say enough positive things about his professionalism, accuracy, honesty and efficiency!”””

Hi Linda and Chris

Thank you for your kind words. I will be available on Sunday.

Would you give me permission to use your letter with your name attached?

A bientot

Hello,

You're welcome. We are more than happy to give you permission to use our names.
I'll let you know the time as soon as we find out. Thank again!

Take care,
Linda

New logo for Andrews Inspection Services

NACHI - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:20
InterNACHI Design & Print Services: http://printservices.nachi.org/

Website Design & Support: inspectorpages.com

Marketing contact: jessica@internachi.org
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7 big home-buying deal breakers - Houston Chronicle

Google Home Inspector News - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 09:14

Houston Chronicle

7 big home-buying deal breakers
Houston Chronicle
Some homes on the market have problems—big, expensive problems that are beyond the expertise of your typical DIYer. That's why it's essential to have a home inspector give it a thorough once-over before buying. If he or she finds any of these seven ...

Website review

NACHI - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 08:51
I am still in the early stages of building my website, but have put together a few pages, and still need to add more. I am looking for any tips or ideas you guys may have for me. I know I still need to add contact information, just have not set up the email, or cell # yet so that will come later. Thanks in advance.

www.tropicarehomeinspections.com

FLIR Optical Gas Technology for Protection of Offshore Oil & Gas Assets - Azom.com

Thermal Imaging - Mon, 06/24/2013 - 05:51

FLIR Optical Gas Technology for Protection of Offshore Oil & Gas Assets
Azom.com
FLIR was founded in 1978, originally providing infrared imaging systems that were installed on vehicles for use in conducting energy audits. FLIR Systems later expanded our focus to other applications and markets for thermal imaging technology, such as ...

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Flooding in High River

NACHI - Sun, 06/23/2013 - 21:21
The town of High River hit pretty hard. This is our house, won't be back for quite a while.
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FHA or VA help

NACHI - Sun, 06/23/2013 - 17:55
I am asked occasionally if a home will pass a FHA or VA inspection. I let me client know that I don't inspect for the mortgage companies and don't know all the items they are looking for.

I have heard a few requirements, but have nothing to back it up. Does anyone have a list they can share.

It would be a money saver for my clients if I could point out items that would most likely be red flags to the FHA or VA before they invested more money in a FHA/VA appraisal/inspection.

Flir T440BX or Testo 885-2 V-Set

NACHI - Sun, 06/23/2013 - 12:12
Hello I'm Stelvio Calafiore. I'm an italian engeneer, i'm interesting in buying an infra red camera, nevertheless I am not quite sure which one to buy, this my first one and I am going to use it for the control and maitaince of photovoltaic system (2 MW on the ground), electrical boards and buildings and I do not know which one to get.
The Flir T440B price is 10,450 Euros, and the Testosterone 885-2 V-set 9,000 Euros, both with tele 45 included, testo with super resolution and module wifi included, flir with software flir tools+ and calibration lent included.
So I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages between the both of them, I mean I know the technical details from them but how much those details can influence my work (0,30 mK testo - 0,45 mK flir, android for flir, the different weight, lens protection for testo, 3,5" flir vs 4,3" testo, recognize code qr for The Testo.)
If some one of you used or bought one of them can you tell me your expirenses. Thank you very much indeed!

Affiliate Marketing – How to Turn Your Website into a Profit Center

IRINFO - Sun, 06/23/2013 - 08:15
As the worldwide web has matured, websites have become a business necessity filling a key role in the marketing, promotion, and sales of many companies. In addition to direct sales, websites can generate additional revenue through a concept known as affiliate marketing.

Disclosures of home seller need to be in writing - Rochester YNN

Google Home Inspector News - Sun, 06/23/2013 - 04:04

Disclosures of home seller need to be in writing
Rochester YNN
"A home inspector is there for two hours and they do a real prudent job, but it's hard to find every single thing, particularly, you know in a finished basement, you can't see the walls, there are a lot of things that can't be seen. So, it really ...

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HELP THIS IS THE SMALLEST CLASS AND i CANT PASS!

NACHI - Sat, 06/22/2013 - 23:50
i HAVE PRINTED IT OUT 3 DAYS WROTE IT BY HAND I CAN ANSWER THE QUESTION WITHIN 15 MINS I HAVE LOOKED THEM UP. I can't pass this darn class. i can even give you the answer from rote memory. what is happening?:twisted:
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